Fact Sheets

Hypothermia and hypoglycaemia

Create: Fri, 07/23/2021 - 14:49
Author: nathan

Rosemary’s story about Tinkerbell the Ringtail Possum

Winter is the time to check rescued animals for hypothermia. Even a very cold, floppy, unresponsive animal can show great improvement after a few hours of warming. We have seen a number of examples of this. Its important to be absolutely certain an animal has died before holding off any treatment for hypothermia.

Respiratory Illness

Create: Fri, 07/23/2021 - 13:56
Author: nathan

Kangaroos are susceptible to a highly contagious respiratory illness which can often be fatal in small animals especially less than four kg. The first symptoms are sneezing and a runny nose. If untreated the joeys can develop copious, thick, nasal secretions and mucosal oedema which can prevent the animal from breathing through its nostrils. Wheezing and breathing difficulty can also develop. Despite intravenous antibiotics animals often die . At post mortem there appears to be gastrointestinal tract ulceration and  consolidation in both lungs.